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by Andrew
05 Jun 2010, 11:53
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3199
Views: 231202

Re: What are you reading?

I finished The Maltese Falcon this morning. I haven't seen the movie (yes, I'm an uncultured clod), so I wasn't too sure how it was going to turn out, but it finished just as I had hoped. Also, it was a lot of fun on the way. I agree with the esteemed Mr. Ridgely that the writing is a bit dated, but...
by Andrew
02 Jun 2010, 22:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Libertarian Party
Replies: 83
Views: 11231

Re: The Libertarian Party

Jake wrote:So assuming the LP is, and will always be, DOA, what's a liberty-minded guy to do?
Spend time with friends and family. Have a beer. Engage in some hobbies you enjoy. Go to the movies. Work out. Get around to that book you've always been meaning to read. Take a vacation. Build something. Etc.
by Andrew
01 Jun 2010, 04:51
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3514
Views: 236924

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

May 27th was the first 100-degree day here, but it cooled down to the 80s by May 29th. Since then, it's been floating around 97-100. Now the word is it will start cranking up and hit 110 by Saturday.
by Andrew
28 May 2010, 21:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling out J sub D - Gulf Oil Spill
Replies: 190
Views: 21288

Re: Calling out J sub D - Gulf Oil Spill

The WSJ has had several good (and lengthy) articles about this whole incident. I can't link directly since I view them through Google News, but I'd be interested to hear LIT's take on them (One is titled "BP Decisions Set Stage for Disaster" and is dated 5/27). Also, in reading about the engineering...
by Andrew
28 May 2010, 21:07
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3199
Views: 231202

Re: What are you reading?

Hammett's pretty much solely responsible for the invention of the modern American detective story but he reads to me more like a period author now. Especially by contrast to his greatest fan, Chandler, whose prose still sounds, at least to my ear, modern if not contemporary. Both Hammett and Chandl...
by Andrew
28 May 2010, 09:23
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Questions for the Grylliade Non-Hive Mind
Replies: 696
Views: 56256

Re: Questions for the Grylliade Non-Hive Mind

Did anyone think having an omniscient panopticon central planner as your chief and most important ally seriously undercut the ostensible central theme? I thought that was intentional as a commentary on revolutions in general. The original government/society in TMIAHM was fairly libertarian (mostly ...
by Andrew
28 May 2010, 09:04
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 3199
Views: 231202

Re: What are you reading?

I was reading Pynchon's Inherent Vice (and enjoying it), but some jerk put a hold on it which kept me from renewing it, so I'll have to finish it some other time. I've decided I need to read some of the classic hard-boiled detective novels, so right now I'm reading Jim Thompson's The Getaway (inspir...
by Andrew
23 May 2010, 23:36
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Your Post-Apocalyptic Time Capsule
Replies: 40
Views: 7748

Re: Your Post-Apocalyptic Time Capsule

One forty-five caliber automatic; two boxes of ammunition; four days' concentrated emergency rations; one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills; one miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible; one hundred dollars in rubles...
by Andrew
22 May 2010, 10:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Skynet, Japan, and You
Replies: 15
Views: 2836

Re: Skynet, Japan, and You

Well, I'm going to have to relearn binary and hexadecimal. Hopefully, my complicity in the overthrow of humanity will win me a kingdom. I may yet make you a sheriff in my Australasian kingdom. Alan Rickman highlight reels will be distributed to all such employees. DB, you mentioned the ratio of ten...
by Andrew
19 May 2010, 22:14
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: He'll never be the last in line . . .
Replies: 8
Views: 3014

Re: He'll never be the last in line . . .

Now I'm really upset I missed seeing Heaven and Hell when I had the chance. Dammit.
by Andrew
08 May 2010, 23:33
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: BEER!
Replies: 113
Views: 12016

Re: BEER!

Sierra Nevada's Glissade is stunning. It's a seasonal and already gone from stores, but it's a helles bock, and oh my, it's delicious. It should be a year-round beer. Also tried Sierra Nevada's Rhymes Wit, which is some sort of limited distribution test beer (I guess it's a "mandarin white ale"). It...
by Andrew
08 May 2010, 12:44
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: H&R Idiocy - Blackjack!*
Replies: 129
Views: 16413

Re: H&R Idiocy - Blackjack!*

Do politicians gerrymander districts in the mother country? Is gerrymander even a word in the Queen's English? Inquiring minds want to know. I suspect so, they certainly used to do it in NZ. And yes, it's the verb we use too. There's something interesting about a verb derived from the name of an Am...
by Andrew
26 Apr 2010, 22:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Drupal Rules! phpBB Droolz! lol
Replies: 244
Views: 149672

Re: Drupal Rules! phpBB Droolz! lol

Color me... indifferent.